As usual, Helen Mirren is right. The Oscar winner recently voiced her dismay at the lack of stunt recognition at the Oscars, and 77 percent of our readers agreed there should be little golden statues for stunt work.
“How is stunt work any different than the sound or art direction of a movie?” user vbresd wrote. “It’s integral to a film, as much as the actor or the director. They should have one for stunt direction, at the least.”
After having “begged” to be in “Red” and “The Fate of the Furious,” Mirren got a front-row seat at the “extraordinary” work stunt performers do. “There really should be an Oscar for stunt work,” she told the U.K.’s Female First. “These guys are incredible and they’re so careful and so professional. And they’re artists. They do amazing things.”
But 13 percent of our readers feel that stunt work should only be recognized with honorary awards on a case-by-case basis. And 10 percent are happy with the way things are.
Stunt performers have campaigned for Oscar recognition for decades to no avail. Most recently, they staged a protest outside academy offices in 2016. The academy has been reluctant to add a stunt category because at fewer than 20 stunt academy members, there are not enough to form a category. The Screen Actors Guild Awards, however, added film and TV stunt categories 10 years ago.
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